The sun sets on 2018 :: image by Joshua Halpern :::

The Sun sets on the final week of the Gregorian calendar year by cruising through early Capricorn, advancing one degree per day towards stern Saturn, mysterious Pluto and the eclipsing South Node, who are now all in Capricorn. The Sun in Capricorn (Dec. 21 – Jan. 20) provides a fine energy for plotting the new year ahead, identifying important goals, being realistic about obstacles (so you can find a way through them!) and reflecting on how to offer the gift of your being to this world. Socialite Venus makes a sextile to obsessive Pluto (exact. Dec. 28), adding some extra energy to whatever Venus’ recently completed retrograde brought up in your intimate, social and collegial spheres. Venus is still in Scorpio, which has us probing loyalties and questioning trust. Without a little distance and perspective, we could be reading “the worst case scenario” into events or relationships that really just need more time or more information to reveal the truth of themselves.

With combative Mars conjoining sensitive Chiron (exact Dec. 28), taking steps towards resolving disputes, clearing the air of misunderstanding or negotiating intimacy with others could be hampered by poor boundaries. We may have to go against expectations, assert ourselves with people in ways we never have before, and generally stand up for ourselves when it feels awkward to do so. Any pent-up anger (which may have already evolved into resentment) could come out with a bit of a surprise because the lid just can’t hold it in any more. On the other hand, expressing one’s desires to someone may also be inhibited by ancient past pains that really have nothing to do with the present…though they are very alive as you make the effort to reach out for what you want. Take it slow, breathe deeply and practice patience with yourself. Whatever has waited 100 years to express itself will not be improved by speeding the process up by a few days.

Tall Valley of Firs in the winter sunlight

Impulsive Mars conjoins Chiron on his way to entering the headstrong sign of Aries on Dec. 31. After six weeks of swimming through the deep tides of Pisces, Mars is in his home sign where he functions well. At least until Mars forms a challenging square with authoritarian Saturn in about two weeks, our efforts to initiate projects, take decisions and move ahead with plans will be supported by this influence. It is a good use of Mars’ time with Chiron this week to examine what limiting beliefs you may have around pursuing what you want and what is standing in your way. Then when Mars meets Saturn, you’ll be in a better position to work in your own interests and address obstacles or limitations constructively instead of trying to fight a losing battle—whether with yourself or someone else!

The astrological weather for New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 2018 looks like an interesting mix of the somber and relatively quiet mood of a Sun-Saturn conjunction plus an appetite for the impulsive. The few days around the Sun-Saturn conjunction (exact Jan. 1) may bring to light some of the mistakes we have recently made or loose ends which need to be suddenly tied up. This may or may not interfere with the mood to celebrate, depending on how much we are responsible for and what all is depending on you. The Moon in Scorpio is a rather spicy placement for social, group activities and on the one hand, slumming it may feel glamorous while on the other hand, ordinarily familiar locations may take on an air of mystery or even danger. The Scorpio Moon also makes an exact sesquisquare to thrill-seeking Mars in the hours leading up to midnight which could mean a sudden change of plans, an encounter with rudeness, an urge to challenge authority and/or some very enthusiastic and fun dancing!

Let’s take care of each other out there and I look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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2019 RETREATS   I am excited to share that astrologer Renn Butler and I will be offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!